Prof. Dr. Gölge SEFEROĞLU

Title of the talk: "Effectiveness of Teacher Education Programs in Turkey"



  This plenary talk will involve a discussion of the following issues in relation to teacher education programs in Turkey:

  • How do we conceptualize effective teacher education in our context?

  • What is the criterion to measure effectiveness?

  • Is teacher education effective if teacher candidates acquire professional competence?

In analyzing effectiveness of teacher education programs,

  • Characteristics of the curricula

  • Characteristics of teacher educators

  • Characteristics of teacher candidates

  • Characteristics of teaching practice

  • Contextual factors

  • Cooperating institutions/schools

  • Assessment systems

  • Decisions taken by stakeholders,

  • Competency frameworks

  • Commitment and involvement of decision makers, administrators, teacher educators, teacher candidates, cooperating schools

  • Teacher candidates’ selection

  • Teacher recruitment systems


Prof. Dr. Arif SARIÇOBAN

Title of the talk: 


JT Rehill 

Title of the talk: "Applied Motivational Psychology in Promoting Oracy in the ELT Classroom"


Building on foundational theories in educational psychology and the latest research on student motivation in the ELT classroom, this talk will explore strategies to overcome traditional barriers to speaking, providing insights that teachers can use to assist students at all levels in moving from comprehension to production in the target language. In this engaging talk, JT will call upon his personal experience as an English teacher, language learner, curriculum developer, and presenter to provide practical instructional strategies that promote continuous growth in spoken fluency and learner autonomy.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Christine A. Coombe

Title of the talk: "Personal and Professional Growth through Life Satisfaction"



You have to decide exactly what you want to accomplish in your personal and professional life before you can build a plan to get it done. This workshop will focus on practical recommendations on how to increase the “happiness quotient” in your personal and professional life.




What are you as an EFL educator looking for? Most people have no idea what direction they are taking in life. They know there are things they want and they often have big dreams they want to realize. The literature in life satisfaction clearly states that you have to decide what exactly you want to accomplish in your personal and professional life before you can build a plan to get it done.


Life satisfaction occurs most often when people are engaged in absorbing activities that cause them to forget themselves, lose track of time and stop worrying. Positive Psychology experts—those who study human happiness and the factors that contribute to it—have identified several key areas of life that seem to be related to both personal and professional happiness. In this session the presenter will review the literature on life satisfaction and flow, the term coined to describe this phenomenon, and make practical recommendations on how to increase the ‘happiness quotient’ in an educator’s personal and professional life. We will also consider recent publications that indicate that being happy is a dynamic characteristic—one cannot be happy all of the time.


To accomplish the objectives of this workshop the presenter will focus on the following:


  • Issues that bring happiness

  • Brief review of the literature on happiness

  • Key research findings on happiness

  • Implications of the happiness research for TESOL educators


The workshop will conclude by focusing on strategies that participants can use for increasing their happiness quotient.


Prof. Dr. Paul Kei Matsuda

Title of the talk: “Teaching Writing in Context: How to Make Writing Assignments More Engaging”



    Teaching writing is often considered a challenge because students find it too difficult and disconnected from their reality. In this plenary talk, an internationally renowned expert on writing will examine typical writing prompts and explain why they fail to engage students. He will then show how to make writing assignments more engaging both for students and teachers.